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Rainier group opposes off-road racing track

The following is from the Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group (RVNG) – July 20, 2013 UPDATE ON CADILLAC RANCH MOTOCROSS TRACK

RVNG was formed to oppose the intrusion of this off-road racing facility into rural Thurston County.

– CONCERNS:
Continual Noise! Noise! Noise!

Environmental impact air emissions, fuel leaks into water supply, wildlife
Safety – Increased Traffic on narrow rural roads, rowdiness with little law enforcement
Decreased quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods
Decreased property values
Adverse impact on land use character, wildlife, air, water and traffic

– BACKGROUND:
The Mahan family has proposed a motocross track to be located on their farm at 12307 Vail Cut Off Rd SE, in Rainier, WA. This area of Rainier is zoned Rural Residential Resource (RRR 1/5). The track would have parking for 97 vehicles, a 12,000 square foot day lodge, restrooms and overnight parking for RVs as well as music and entertainment. They are requesting a Special Use Permit for a full Motocross Park to allow the following:

Open year round
Track running 4 days/week from 8:am to 7:30pm, mostly weekends
Up to 50 motocross bikes at a time running on the track
Includes Mud Drags, Rally Cars, Tuff Truck
Weekly practice sessions for races and tournaments

– CURRENT STATUS:
Thurston County has approved the environmental part of the Cadillac Ranch proposal. In other words, the county has determined that the track will not have a significant impact on the surrounding neighborhood or Deschutes River as long as the noise, the dust, the traffic, the fuel leaks and so on are all mitigated as promised by Cadillac Ranch.

Self-monitoring by Cadillac Ranch is unacceptable
Sparse law enforcement oversight, due to limited county budget
RVNG appealed the environmental approvals and hired attorneys
Public Hearing is set for Monday, July 29th at 10:00am at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building #1.
Thurston County is recommending Denial of the Special Use Permit partly because the track would cause an undue adverse effect on adjacent properties and neighborhood character.
If approved this could alter the rural nature of our area forever

– WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1) Attend the Public Hearing on July 29th, at 10:00 am:
Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502.
The hearing starts at 10:00 a.m. and you are allowed to speak for 3 minutes. We hope you will choose to state your opposition to the Cadillac Ranch Motocross Track. If you dont feel comfortable speaking at the hearing, you can submit a written statement to smithr@co.thurston.wa.us . Your presence is powerful.

Read more to become informed on what you can do.

Take a look at what they are planning on their website: http://www.cadillacranchmotorsports.com/Barrel_Racing_Rainier_WA_.html

Take another look: http://www.cadillacranchmotorsports.com/Photos.html

See the dissension in other communities after motocross tracks are approved: http://oregonfirst.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/history-of-mx-tracks-pitting-neighbors-against-neighbors/

See a video taken at Cadillac Ranch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po7sQYQHwFMurston County.

Read more from the Thurston County Appeal of An Adminstrative (sic) Decision.

Posted by Steve on July 24, 2013 at 6:18 am | Permalink

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